Seattle Mariners continue recruitment drive

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The Seattle Mariners are in talks with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and are also interested in Fernando Rodney, according to CBS Sports.

The Mariners have already landed the biggest free-agent on the market this off-season, agreeing a deal to sign Robinson Cano in a $200m+ deal.

That mega-bucks deal hasn't maxed out the Mariners budget, however, and they continue to seek further recruitments ahead of the new season.

Cruz has long been linked with a move to Seattle but only now are talks believed to be getting serious.

The outfielder had an impressive 2013 with 27 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .266 batting average but is one of just five free-agents with a draft choice attached to his signing.

Seattle have opted to retain their picks in recent years but could be willing to lose a later pick than other teams who still have first picks to lose.

The Mariners are also looking in to the possibility of signing Rodney, who is believed to be seeking $15m over two years. There is nothing to suggest that the Mariners are trying to sign one or the other players.

One team that could rival the Mariners for both free agents is the Baltimore Orioles, who are reported to have had discussions with Cruz and Rodney.


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